October 21, 2014.
Join AIGA and a panel of leading Product Designers in the Bay Area to discuss how the digital design field has evolved into a holistic product discipline.
Many people hear the word product and think of a toothbrush or a toaster and when they hear product designer, they think industrial design. However, the Bay Area is full of great product companies that design and build many types of products from computers, to speakers, to thermostats, to websites and to apps. These products bring together a variety of designers to create something people can see, touch and use. Whether you’re an industrial designer, user experience designer, interaction designer, graphic designer, illustrator or user researcher, if you’re working on a product or product team, you’re a Product Designer. This series breaks down the silos of design disciplines and celebrates the evolution of product design as a multi-disciplinary field.
Melissa Martin Interaction Design LeadMethodMelissa focuses on connecting the dots between human needs and business objectives to create positive, meaningful experiences between people and the services they use. She has worked with clients big and small spanning a variety of industries including healthcare, e-commerce, energy management, mobile, non-profit, arts and education. Recent clients include Kaiser Permanente, Microsoft, Google, Open English, Global Lives, SFMOMA, Hyundai, Pacific Gas & Electric, La Cocina, BMCand the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California.
Joshua Taylor, Design Director & Product ManagerEvernoteJoshua is currently in a unique role as both a Design Director for The Evernote web app, Evernote Business and Penultimate, as well as Product Manager for Penultimate. He leads major new design initiatives for both the Evernote web app as well as Penultimate, the acclaimed handwriting app for iPad. He works across multiple teams and disciplines to make them happen.
Robert Murdock, Director UX LabsAmazonRobert is a multi-talented design leader working at the intersection of design, technology and human behavior. With more than 15 years of experience in interaction, visual and product design, he has the deep understanding and drive necessary to create meaningful experiences that change the way people live and interact.
Robert is currently the director of a UX Lab at Amazon, focused on product innovation for new hardware, software and services.
Previously, he was a Principal at Method, a leading experience design consultancy. Helping organizations like Google, HTC, Microsoft, Nissan, ThomsonReuters, and TED enabled Robert to craft compelling experiences that benefit millions of people. As part of the leadership team, he was instrumental in building Method’s philosophy, interdisciplinary approach to design and international footprint.
ModeratorMiki Setlur, Senior Product DesignerTwitterMiki currently focuses on designing the design system that enables the talented team at Twitter to craft the best product experience for over a quarter billion people. Previously, Miki led the design of Evernote for Android to become one of it’s top apps, reaching millions of users, consistently in editor’s choice and named one of Google’s Best Apps of 2012. Miki has also led top-tier clients in insurance, banking and education to meet customer needs and business goals through elegantly designed product experiences.
Special GuestRyan Donahue, VP of Product DesignZendeskRyan is the current VP of Product Design at Zendesk. He’s passionate about designing innovative software, experiences and brands. Previously he served as Entrepreneur in Residence at SV Angel – a San Francisco based venture capital firm. He’s also the founder of BookFresh, a leading online bookings platform for small business which was acquired by Square in 2014 and the founder of FreshGuide, a city guide and incentive platform for women which was acquired by PopSugar in 2010.
He’s also a founding member of the PayPal design and user research group where he played a key role in defining the customer experience for many of PayPal’s most successful products. Roberts accomplishments included the design of PayPal’s Merchant Services, a product suite which today accounts for several billion dollars in annual revenue.
Schedule:6:00 – 7:00 pm Registration7:00 – 8:00 pm Panel discussion8:00 – 8:30 pm Q&A
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Thank you to our coalition of partners who help make this series possible: Facebook, Adobe, Twitter, Square and Zendesk.
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